I was watching a children’s movie last week with a family friend’s daughter. It is amazing what we can learn from kid’s films. They transport us back to a time when life was free of anxieties, stresses and complications. Before we are jaded, hardened or damaged by the troubles of life. But I digress.
During the movie, the main character begins discussing bravery with his children. He said something that really resonated with me, and has stayed with me ever since:
You only have to be brave for 20 seconds.
When you boil those scary moments down to a bare minimum, this saying could not be truer. Most terrifying, daunting and doubt-provoking things in life are short lived. If you can muster up the energy to be brave, for just 20 seconds, it is likely that you can move past that initial fear, and step into previously unchartered territory.
Bravery, it seems, is not so much an act of prolonged strength and discipline, but a small, short act that can be practiced on all matter of life’s challenges, large and small.
Whether you are too shy or unsure to reach out to a new contact, quit your job, launch an idea, call a long-lost friend or make a move on someone you’ve got your eye on, all it takes is 20 seconds of bravery before the hardest part is over.
This knowledge is incredibly powerful, and can help you jump any barriers in your way to greatness. Remember this next time you face a challenging situation. Use 20 seconds to be brave, and see where it leads you.
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